Future Watch: Dennis Smith Jr. Rookie Basketball Cards, Mavericks – After years of success built around future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks have started to rebuild. While Dallas has the history and the money to sign big names, the best way to obtain a franchise player is through the draft. Dallas felt they added a key piece for the future when they drafted Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The 6’3” Guard from NC State played a single year for the Wolfpack, but he left his mark on the program. Smith led his school to their first victory at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995. In that game, Smith scored a college career-high 32 points! He finished his one year at NC State with per game averages of 18.9 points, 6.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals.
In his first three high school seasons, Smith rose from bench-rotation player to a starter. He unfortunately tore his ACL prior to his senior season. Despite missing his final year in high school, Smith attended a number of scouting events and camps. This helped re-establish him as one of the best guard recruits in the nation. After his senior year, he was ranked 10th overall in the 2016 recruitment class by Scout.com.
Smith has played in only two of Dallas’ four games so far this season with per-game averages of 13 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds. The Mavericks are taking it slowly with Smith, as he is two years removed from a serious ACL injury. On the court, Smith is a score-first guard looking to get his own shot from anywhere on the floor. He just needs to get up to NBA speed and develop more strength. If he can avoid the nagging injuries, fans have a LOT to look forward to in the coming years.
There are already some great Dennis Smith Jr. autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Smith in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Dennis Smith Jr. Rookie Basketball Cards, Mavericks – Other Resources
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
Future Watch: Dennis Smith Jr. Rookie Basketball Cards, Mavericks – Image Gallery
Here’s a look at cards featuring Dennis Smith Jr. in his Dallas Mavericks uniform.
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